Archives: 2014: Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Date:
05 July - 28 September 2014
Venue:
Burlington House Piccadilly London W1J 0BD, UK

This exhibition explores the art produced during a fifty-year period in distinct areas of South America. In Montevideo, Uruguay, Joaquín Torres-García founded the School of the South in the 1930s, through which he planned a new Pan-American art that drew on indigenous American influences.

Across the Rio de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a group of artists including Juan Melé created Arte Madí that challenged the conventions of traditional painting in the 1940s. Further north, from the 1950s artists in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark likewise challenged the notions of art by removing it from the walls of galleries and placing it in the hands of the viewer.

Finally in Caracas, Venezuela from the 1970s, artists like Jesús Soto and Carlos Cruz Diez worked with optical illusion to create sculpture and paintings that interacted with the viewer.


Carlos Cruz-Diez's Physichromie 500 is part of the exhibition. Photo taken in Paris, 1970

For more information visit: www.royalacademy.org.uk and www.coleccioncisneros.org

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